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From the Author
The idea for Forgotten began with completing the story of a botched rescue in Cherubs 2 in which a pilot was left behind in the water and captured by the North Vietnamese. The story begins with Randy Pulaski's, the survivor's side of the blown rescue.
Rather than just have Randy sent to the Hanoi Hilton, tortured and then released in 1973, I decided to broaden, so to speak, the plot. As written, Forgotten has a variety of "bad guys," i.e. drug dealers, corrupt officials, and traitors.
Randy is taken to a camp and grouped with five more POWs, all of whom become prisoners of Truong Pham, an ex-South Vietnamese army officer by the name of Pham who defected and became a lieutenant colonel in the North Vietnamese Army. Connections in the North Vietnamese government enable him to establish a base in remote western North Vietnam where the POWs turn raw opium into heroin. Pham's long-term motivation is enough money to live outside the drug business so his retirement plan is ransoming the Americans to the CIA for millions.
Before she married Randy Pulaski's, Janet Lucas was an anti-war activist and a member of the Students for a Democratic Society's Action Wing. The SDS was known for its fire bombing of armed forces recruiting centers and attacks on fuel depots.
Randy (or the other five) do not appear on any POW list and is listed MIA putting Janet's marital status in-never land. SDS has its own agenda and sends Janet to Cuban to be trained as an assassin. As a freelance assassin, she earns the moniker The Red Star of Death.
Nine years after the Vietnam War ends, the six POWs are rescued. However, Randy witnessed a former POW commit treason and that officer, now realizing that Pulaski's testimony could send him to prison or worse, get him hung, wants Randy dead. A CIA officer fears that the six Americans will cause the CIA to investigate why he didn't follow-up on intelligence that suggested there were still POWs held after the war officially ended in 1974.
While I am not a conspiracy theorist, like many Americans, I believe that we did not get a full accounting of the POWs captured by the communists whether they were in Laos, Cambodia or North Vietnam. Too many were known to be captured but never turned up at the end of the war. Some, the Vietnamese admitted were killed by their own citizens or during interrogation.
Others may have parachuted into the jungle and were either severely injured, starved to death or killed by snakes or other predators. In Laos, American pilots if captured by the Pathet Lao, were summarily executed. In Cambodia, it was a crapshoot as to what would happen to an American pilot if shot down and captured.
Forgotten is my tribute to the American pilots who were shot down and didn't come home and to those who were captured and were fortunate enough to come back to their loved ones.
About the Author
He has been a partner in two different consulting firms advising clients on business and operational strategy, business process re-engineering, sales and marketing. Marc was also the CEO of an aerospace and defense manufacturing company.
Marc's latest career is as an award-winning novelist. Nine of his books have been published. Seven are in the Josh Haman series - Cherubs 2, Big Mother 40, Render Harmless, Forgotten, Inner Look, Moscow Airlift and The Simushir Island Incident. Raider of the Scottish Coast is the first book in an Age of Sail series of novels and Flight of the Pawnee, the first in a new counterterrorism series are on the market.
Besides being an Amazon Best Seller, in June 2013, Big Mother 40 was ranked #48 in the top 100 War Novels. Raider of the Scottish Coast, Flight of the Pawnee and The Simushir Island Incident have all been Amazon #1 Best Sellers. Raider of the Scottish Coast was a Finalist in Historical Fiction in Feathered Quill's 2020 awards. Forgotten was a finalist in Finalist in Fiction in the 2017 Book Excellence Awards and a Finalist in Historical Fiction in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Reader's Favorite has rated all of Marc Liebman's novels Five Star.
The Liebmans live near Aubrey, Texas. Marc is married to Betty, his lovely wife of 51+ years. They spend a lot of time and visiting their seven grandchildren.
- ASIN : B07PFYF1F9
- Publisher : Penmore Press LLC (March 7, 2019)
- Publication date : March 7, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 6250 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 475 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,430,825 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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